Al Mudhaibi: Date palm cooking, known as 'Tabseel', is one of the major agricultural cooking processes in the wilayats of the Sultanate, especially the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi in the North Al Sharqiyah Governorate, where 'Tabseel' is a source of income for many families.
In the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi, there are 150 'Tabseel' sites, sometimes called 'Tarakeeb' or 'Manarat'.
The demand for these cooking sites, which had been very many in the past, has sharply fallen due to a decline in the production of 'Mabsali' date palms, as well as the effects of a drought.
'Tabseel' cooking may take up to 12 continuous hours. Those who manage the 'Tabseel' cooking process must be very skillful, because the cooking plays an important role in the quality of the final product.
In recent years, Al Mudhaibi farmers faced a number of difficulties with 'Tabseel', the most important of which are the lack of help on their farms, as well as an aversion of Omani youths to join this profession, which entails much effort and may not be economically feasible.
Farmers sometimes seek the assistance of expatriates to complete the growing of dates.
Mansour bin Nasser Al Jabri, a Bosoor trader in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi said, "Earlier, we used to produce hundreds of tonnes of dates and 'bosoor' every year, with each farmer producing four to eight tonnes.
"The production has sharply declined over the past years due to a lack of support for Omani farmers and 'bosoor' producers."
He added: "There are a number of reasons that may result in the elimination of 'bosoor', such as premature cooking, rainfall, especially during the first days of the drying process, excessive or under-cooking, an accumulation of 'bosoor' during the drying process, improper storage in dry places, or packing them before they are fully dry.".